Monday, 17 April 2017

Another woman files abuse suit against Archdiocese

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Latest victim names former Santa Barbara parish priest, Father Juan Camacho.

Guam - More victims are accusing the church of child sexual abuse. The 50th lawsuit to be filed was the second by a female victim and the first to name Dededo priest, Father Juan Camacho.

The latest victim accusing the Archdiocese of child sexual abuse, who is now 59 years old, claims that Father Juan Camacho, who is the brother of Monsignor Zoilo Camacho, sexually abused her when she was 14 years old in 1972 under the pretense of having her work as a receptionist at Santa Barbara Church in Dededo. In court documents, the victim, using only the initials T.G., alleges that Father Camacho would take her into his office, lock the door, and force himself on her, and only stopped when she began to cry.

This is the only incident documented in the complaint, but T.G.’s counsel, Atty. Kevin Fowler, said “T.G. initially came forward because she believes Father Juan Camacho likely abused other girls given how aggressive he was with her. But her story raises serious questions about whether Monsignor Camacho ignored complaints about Father [Louis] Brouillard abusing children because he knew his own brother was abusing children.” In a complaint filed over a month ago, abuse victim Anthony Flores claimed that Monsignor Zoilo Camacho ignored his complaints about altar boys being victimized by Brouillard, telling Flores to “be quiet and get out of my office.”

Atty. Fowler’s co-counsel, Michael Pfau said in a release, “We have seen brothers cover for other brothers, and priests who engaged in misconduct cover for other priests.” The release adds that T.G. says she is hoping more abuse survivors will come forward now that she has filed her complaint, stating “I can’t imagine I was the only one who Father Camacho abused… The only way to hold the church accountable is for all of us to come forward so that everyone understands what happened and how it happened.”

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